New community woodland takes root in Hull

A community woodland is to take root in Hull this week, creating a new green space for residents of the city.
2,500 trees will be planted by volunteers, community groups and local school children at Dane Park Playing Fields, north of Orchard Park. Amongst the species to find a new home in the new woodland will include oak, silver birch, field maple and alder.
The Trees for Cities project is funded by energy company npower and is being delivered in partnership with HEYwoods – Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire’s tree and woodland initiative – alongside Hull City Council.
So far, npower and Trees for Cities have worked together to plant 12,024 trees in urban areas across the country.
David Elliott, chief executive of Trees for Cities, said: “Trees are one of our most vital natural assets, and we are committed to ensuring more communities can enjoy their many benefits. We are proud to work with npower to play a role in creating this new community woodland in Orchard Park, which marks the start of a greener, happier and healthier Hull. ”
A series of community tree planting days will take place between 20-22 March 2018 at Dane Park Playing Fields, north of Orchard Park. Hull City Council’s Northern Area Team is coordinating volunteer and school involvement in the project to maximise community participation in the tree planting.
Councillor Mike Thompson, Hull City Council’s portfolio holder for neighbourhoods, communities and environment, added: “We are delighted to work alongside Trees for Cities and npower who understand how creating new green spaces improves the lives of communities by allowing them to connect with nature.

“Their support for this project will enable us to develop the new woodland at Dane Park Playing Fields, which in time will offer a place for people to relax and enjoy the natural environment. With the new Northern Forest heading its way to Hull in the next few years, this project is another big step towards achieving our aspirations to improve green spaces across the whole of the city.”